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Quantifying the Gift

If commodities create boundaries, then gifts abolish them. Lewis Hyde's seminal work, The Gift, is a map to get us back to what really matters.

Is it possible that our abstract quantifications have blinded us to the bigger picture?  

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Accra

A month in Accra

When my colleague told me how much a talented software developer earns in Ghana, I was mortified. He explained how he and his team typically work in the early hours of dawn, between 12 am and 3 am, because that’s when data rates are at their lowest. In addition, just about every startup founder you meet is juggling multiple side hustles.

If you're smart and really want your work to matter, you'll join the African hustle. 4 weeks in Ghana taught me why.

San Francisco

Throwing rocks at the growth curse

Startup culture is no longer about building a profitable enterprise, it’s about building a sellable enterprise.

Is growth the new enemy of prosperity? Douglas Rushkoff thinks so.

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Seoul

The cost of being the visitor

Haebangchon is hipster paradise, replete with cat, racoon and shibu-inu cafes. Rental spaces are stripped bare, coated white and dedicated to the sale of macaroons. Dilapidated alleyways reveal hidden luxury stores. Rooftop bars with panoramic views charge $20 for a standard drink. How did this once run-down neighborhood, off limits just a few decades ago to everyone but soldiers and prostitutes, become so aesthetic?

Cape Town

In search of the explicit

Once in a blue moon, I meet someone who has a profound ability to articulate themselves with razor-sharp clarity. They leave zero room for misunderstanding and doubt. They are absolutely sure about what they wish to express, and are not afraid to convey honest thoughts or feelings to others. Here's to my quest to say what I mean and mean what I say.

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San Francisco

This podcast made me question everything

“The winners of our age must be challenged to do more good. But never, ever, tell them to do less harm. Capitalism’s rough edges must be sanded and its surplus fruit shared, but the underlying system must never be questioned.” – Anand Giridharadas

Embrace uncertainty. Some of the most beautiful chapters of our lives won't have a title until much later.

– Bob Goff

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